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NIGERIA AIR: AFTER THE LOGO, WHAT NEXT BY UDEME OBOT

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NIGERIA AIR: AFTER THE LOGO, WHAT NEXT BY UDEME OBOT

 

July 18, 2018, Nigerians were greeted with the unveiling of our National Carrier, Nigeria Air. A move many argued had the potential to boost the nation’s economy if professionally managed.

I lot of us also argued that Federal Government should have ensured that structures were put in place to guarantee the sustainability of the new National Carrier before hurriedly going public.

Recall that Federal Government on July 18, at the Farnborough International Air show in London unveiled a new National Carrier known as “Nigeria Air’ with a spiral artwork concealing the picture of an Eagle. I personally reasoned that in the designers should have thought about revealing instead of an obscure artwork.

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The announcement was coming 15 years after the liquidation of Nigeria Airways.
According to the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, “the National Carrier is Private sector driven. It is a business, and not a social service” Have we not heard these lines before?

“Government will not be involved in running it or deciding who runs it. The investors will have full responsibility for this” Another ‘Future impossible tense ” considering that government so far has done more than 65% of the business having so far has plunged X amount into design of logo, aquisition of a couple of aircrafts. When you put all these bugos expenses together, you get X as total. Which private investor would want to invest in such an elephant project?

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The federal government had up till now, been unable to list any private investor it has gone into negotiation or signed any form of deal with in the said project.

Does it not smack of pure scam that less than six months to commence operations, the supposed new airline has not even started the process of licensing, even when it takes a minimum of six months for a new airline to obtain Air Operating License and three months to develop its manuals?

The PDP taking a swipe on the ugly incident said it was unfortunate that “having run out of fake promises and not having any development project to parade,” Buhari and his party, All Progressives Congress, APC, have “now resorted to international kite-flying aimed at hoodwinking unsuspecting Nigerians.”

I had expected, the opposition (APC) to reply with the commencement of flights or better still, like the (ongoing) Ogoni clean up , they should buy few coveralls, equip some youths with hard hat and office files. Make them pose by any refurbished plane with the spiral logo and “That’s it! ” we would understand.

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